Accredited Online Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

In addition to an exemplary record of innovation and market responsiveness with more than 70 years of programming based on occupational science, St. Catherine University also remains dedicated to maintaining a record of compliance and academic excellence.

Accredited OTA Program

ACOTE accredited OTA programSt. Catherine University’s occupational therapy assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

Due to the combination of online coursework, hands-on fieldwork, and in-facility skills labs, the Online OTA program is listed on as a ‘distance education track’.

Institutional Accreditation

St. Catherine University is an accredited institution through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional bodies that accredits colleges and universities at the institutional level in the United States. The university was first accredited by HLC in 1916, with a reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012

You can contact HLC at (800) 621-7440 or online at

Student Licensure

Most states require licensure to practice as an OTA. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination and proof of completion of an accredited OTA degree program. NBCOT exams consist of multiple-choice questions and simulations and cover three key domains:

  • Understanding client needs,
  • Evaluating client progress, and
  • Maintaining professional standards.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to be placed in fieldwork and to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Online OTA program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants, administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, graduates will become certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs).

For program enrollment and graduation data, visit

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